Grateful Dead Live at Community War Memorial Auditorium on 1976-09-27
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
The Promised Land % They Love Each Other % El Paso % Deal % Looks Like Rain % Row Jimmy % It's All Over Now % Loser % Lazy Lightnin' ->
Supplication % Brown Eyed Women % The Music Never Stopped
Might As Well % Samson And Delilah % Help On The Way ->
The Other One ->
Wharf Rat ->
Franklin's Tower ->
Around And Around
Sony ECM-33P>Master Cassette>Dat>CD (shnid=3821) supplies:
Promised Land (0:00 - 0:09)
It's All Over Now (0:00 - 3:09)
Loser (3:52 - 4:39)
Slipknot! (6:02 - 6:27)
Around And Around (0:36 - 1:49)
-- Set 2 is seamless
-- Patch source was pitch adjusted to match sbd
-- Fixed vocal distortion
-- El Paso has a false start
-- Supplication is instrumental
-- First few seconds of U.S. Blues missing
- Dat (Sony R500) -> Behringer Ultramatch SRC2000 ->
- Rochester, NY
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
Subject: love it hifichoctaw
Subject: mind wandering more like it
Subject: Chester Tweener
Both of the shows before and both shows after have been officially released (on DiP20, Spirit of '76, & DaP4), but this show has been chiefly ignored. You'd be forgiven for thinking it's a bum show. It's not - even if it's not as great as the shoulder shows - and like all of Fall '76 there are some great standouts. They played better shows at this venue (9/2/80, 11/5/77), but then those shows don't have a Help>Slip>Franks that is its own sandwich.
First Set. Average '76 versions (GOGD) until an exciting Deal. There are perhaps too many versions of Looks Like Rain in '76 & '77 but I dig the drummers here. Row Jimmy is too sluggish in this spot. It's played fine but the solos aren't the most engaging. The first half of It's All Over Now is patched with the AUD. Rather than getting sparked, Loser is also sluggish and spare. Bobby lifts things back with Lightnin'>Supp, which was great on this tour. This one is interesting because Jer stops for part of it, forcing it to become more rhythmic. Brown Eyed Women is unstudied and X-factored. Uptempo like many in '76 (a huge year for BEW), check Bobby and the crucial Keith. The excitement rolls through Music Never Stopped. Perfectly tightened, it's ... well, almost all '76s are.
Second Set. Might as Well is fine, if a rote run-through. Still a nice set opener, and a launcher for this wonderful Samson. Jer flings punctuation marks throughout, then Help on the Way boots all brands of butt. Way uptempo, there is some astonishing group interplay. The playback balance goes awry after the patch on Slipknot!, but damn is Phil inspired. There's a fine flow for The Other One but other than that the rest is average (or less) for '76. Franklin's>Slip is slightly clunky, or off, by tour standards, but Jer stays with it ... and stays with it, and at nearly 18mins it's one of the longest ever - and also one of the most vampy. As others have noted, by Around & Around there's a tired lack of energy compared to the rest of the tour, leading to a loose U.S. Blues with mixed-up verses.
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: C
Overall = 3 stars
Brown Eyed Women - huge era; Bobby & Keith crucial
The Music Never Stopped - so perfectly tightened
Samson & Delilah - flung punctuation marks
Help on the Way - astonishing group interplay
SOURCES: Because there's an unusually good AUD for the era (it's not on the archive; the parrillo_3821 is a matrix), there can be a great Tobin matrix. The miller_87664 is the SBD upgrade. The pitch is fine but it still lacks image (it's almost mono in places), and the tunings are cut unnaturally. The balance also needs intervention. So if that's an issue you might try the Tobin MTX.
Subject: Off pitch
Mighty fine performance worthy of pitch correction. I wish I had the time.
Subject: Deadicated To The Donna Common Tater
Subject: First show
Anyhow, I see a lot of negatives about the show, but I remember it as pretty damn great. I was about 40 feet back from the stage, and this was when there was room to move even that close. The band was tight, and I had been listening to Blues for Allah a lot, so the Help>Slipknot>Franklin's with The Other One and Wharf Rat sandwiched in between Help and Slipnot... well that was it for me and started my run of about 100 shows.
Also, must say that this is probably still my favorite Franklin's Tower of all time, all 17 minutes plus of it.
I'm sure there's some nostalgia in this review, but that is a real nice show from the boys and Donna was mostly in tune for a change. Believe me, I know all about that. Cheers, Heads!
Subject: In a Circle
From that point on the band is fluid and as the 2nd set attests they are ready to put the foot on the accelerator.
One thing I noticed up front is Keith during Samson being way more in the mix for this show and playing counterpoint or cutting across the grain of the tune. By 1978 it is the drummers that pull most of the weight in Samson.
Anyhow pretty creative show I kinda wish I had listened with the headphones because Phil is a little lost on me thru my speakers.
I Second that Emotion as far as Donna Jean. The Grateful Dead should be like our family. We don't turn our back on our family especially since what people get down on her for is her contribution to the music which to me is fairly subjective. When the band made the shift to Brent it had everything to do with Keith.
For those 2015 reunion shows the ensemble singing was sub-par it could have used some of Donna's sweetness.
Subject: Wish I'd seen Donna and still do
Subject: Great show I was there
The crowd was mega stoked and the stage was only about ten inches off the ground so we were able to talk to Jerry in between sings! I saw a lot of shows in this time period and this was magic! Get the tape!
Subject: Sweet "little" show
Subject: waste of ticket
Subject: Harsh reviews! Easy guys!
I saw them shortly after this and must admit this is my favorite era.
(The review below seems a little harsh but it's cool, maybe I didn't see enough shows to have any of them be bad, I always thought they were a hell of a band even on an off night. And I agree, Donna sucked, just like Brent, neither of them ever learned how to sing harmony. I mean that in a kind way, of course. Perhaps the s-word is too harsh.)
Subject: What an ahole
Now, back to why we are all here, I saw over 330 shows in a 20 year period, was at this show, it was a dog in my view. I saw about 10-12 shows in '76 and the only one I liked was New Year;s eve. If you want some '76 get the two Oakland and Shrine shows, maybe Chicago and Columbus. Long Live the Dead.
Subject: Tapes v. The Show
Subject: Incredibly overrated
Subject: Long Intro!
Subject: as perfect as perfect can be
Looks Like Rain, Row Jimmy, and the whole Help on the Way - Franklin's Tower sandwich truly are outstanding.
Sound quality is stella(r) as well.
A great listen!
Subject: SICK second set
Subject: Among the best of the year
Subject: Crisp Sound.
Subject: Great 2nd Set
Subject: The show that changed my life
Subject: Best '76 show I've ever heard!
This could have been one of the classics if there were decent copies back in the 80's. Thanks to Charlie, we have one now.
Subject: Great show, very underrated
Mr. Miller once again did an amazing job, as it sounds a ton better than the previous copies up here. If 6/29's sound is a 10, than this is a 9.5, easy.
This has to be one of the most tripped-out shows of '76, and the 2nd set is a dream setlist: Help>Slipknot>Drums>Other One>Wharf Rat>Slipknot>Franklin's Tower>Around, and they're all played to perfection, with the Franklin's being my fave of '76, and trails only 6/9/77 as my all-time fave. Jerry and Phil are on fire the entire set(whole show for that matter), and the whole band is perfectly in sync.
This show seriously blows my mind every time I listen to it, but for some reason it's hardly ever mentioned as one of the great shows of the year. Maybe it's because there weren't any good-quality sbds floating around until this one.
Trust me, it's awesome, and imo it beats 6/9, 6/14, 6/29, 7/18, 10/9, and 12/31, especially now with the new and improved sound. I may have already gone on record as saying 6/29 is my favorite, but I've changed my mind, now that I've heard this upgrade. It really allows you to hear all the intricacies of their interweaving melodies.
Listen to your favorite Spring '77 show, then listen to this, and tell me it's not up there with the best. It even has a similar vibe to those shows, more so than the Oct-Nov '77 shows, as good as they are.
Crazy good! Listen now!
Subject: Sweet FT
Subject: Thank You Charlie